About the Scottish Qualifications Authority

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About the Scottish Qualifications Authority

Everyone in Scottish education knows the Scottish Qualifications Authority by the abbreviation SQA.

SQA is the national body in Scotland for the development, accreditation, assessment and certification of qualifications other than degrees and some professional qualifications. It is responsible to the Scottish Government for the credibility, reliability and worth of its qualifications.


Our main functions are to:



SQA is run by a Board of non-executive members and an executive management team. Board members are appointed by the Scottish Government and are representative of the wide educational establishment in Scotland. An Advisory Council, established under the Scottish Qualifications Authority Act 2002, provides input from key stakeholder groups to provide advice and guidance to the Board on policy and operational issues.

Details of Board and Advisory Council members are available on this website:


Graham Houston The Chairmain is Graham Houston.

SQA has approximately 750  professional, administrative and ancillary staff operating from main sites in Glasgow city centre and Dalkeith.




PHOTO: Dr Janet Brown.The Chief Executive is Dr Janet Brown

In addition to our office and field staff, we employ a small army of over 21,000 teaching/lecturing professionals to help us administer and deliver our assessment, quality assurance and development functions. We hope that at some point in your career you will work with us to deliver these functions and to contribute to the operations of Scotland's qualifications system.


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To order copies of these publications, please contact SQA's Business Development & Customer Support Team by e-mail: mycentre@sqa.org.uk, or telephone: 0303 333 0330.